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8 Old-School L.A. Menus That Show Forgotten Food Trends

Food trends come and go more quickly than you might think. These old-school menus from fancy L.A. dining institutions show that much more has changed in the restaurant world over the years than the prices. (Think there'll come a day when a kale caesar sounds as ridiculous to future generations as a "hamburger salad with smothered onions" sounds to us now?) Read on to see more forgotten dishes as they were once elegantly presented to diners, from "clams casino" to Shrimp Louie.

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Armstrong Schroder served Beverly Hills such comfort foods as turtle soup with sherry around the clock in 1941.

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In 1942, the Biltmore Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel downtown delighted patrons with "Dinner de Luxe" that could include a tasting of American, Jack and Swiss cheeses.

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The Academy Room at the Hollywood Athletic Club included pickled beef tongue and a "monte cristo a la gusto" among its 1955 offerings.

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The Brown Derby's offerings changed many times over the chain's storied history, but a 1959 thirtieth-anniversary menu included veal sweetbreads and chicken a la king. 

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In 1965, the Magic Castle listed ground sirloin among its entrée options. Dessert was Neapolitan sherbet.

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At the Hollywood Palladium in 1967, diners enjoyed limited protein options: turkey, ham, prime rib or whitefish. 

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WeHo's Ristorante Chianti was serving up such "Italian" treats as stuffed celery and chateaubriand in 1971.

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Alice's, a bygone eatery off the PCH in Malibu, offered a 1985 version of elegance with fried calamari and hearts of palm salad.